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Doctors get advice on criticism in the media

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4055 (Published 02 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4055
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    UK doctors are warned against reacting to media stories that criticise their treatment of patients, in guidance from the General Medical Council that comes into force on 12 October.

    The guidance says that disputes between doctors and patients conducted in the media often serve no practical purpose and can prolong or intensify conflict, and doctors should normally limit any response to stating their obligation to keep patients’ information confidential. But if reports give rise to concerns among their patients, doctors may explain their normal practice.

    “If you deny allegations that appear in the press, you must be careful not to reveal, directly or by omission or …

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